Some people don’t think things are as bad as they seem when it comes to the newspaper biz. some people don’t work for a newspaper. Some people haven’t lost their job as part of downsizing. Nevertheless, this piece from Slate.com wants us to put on a happy face. Writer Daniel Gross offers some baffling comments, such as this one regarding the 10 percent drop-off ion readership reported by:

First of all, there’s nothing ipso facto shocking about a decline in patronage of 10 percent in six months. Many political blogs and cable news shows have seen their audiences fall by much more than 10 percent since the feverish fall of 2008 (“…citing Audit Bureau of Circulations figures, ‘Average weekday circulation at 379 daily newspapers fell 10.6 percent to about 30.4 million copies for the six months that ended on Sept. 30, 2009 from the same period last year.'”)

We’re not talking about blogs and TV, Mr. Gross, we’re talking about newspapers, remember?

he points to higher revenue generate by some papers, but notes that it’s because they (and magazines) “have been jacking up prices aggressively.” That’s kind of like a movie’s claim that it took in more money than any other in history. Of course, when you see that it costs about $10 to get into The Box these days but only fifty cents to see Gone with the Wind in 1939. Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

I would go on, but you get my point. I would like nothing more than to be optimistic about the future. I don;t know how old Mr. Gross is, but I would venture to say he’s at least 15 years younger than me, just by virtue of his writing for Slate. “At some point in the future, newspapers may disappear. But count me in the later rather than sooner camp.”

As Einstein proved, time is relative.

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